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Call for inquiry into Ellis case rejected

A parliamentary committee has rejected a call for a royal commission of inquiry into the case of convicted childcare worker Peter Ellis.

A petition calling for a top-level look at the creche case has been with Parliament’s justice and electoral select committee for two years.

Committee chairman Tim Barnett said today a royal commission was not the most effective way to address the real issues emerging from the case.

The committee made seven recommendations including that the attorney-general not oppose, or oppose only in principle, a proposed application by Ellis for leave to appeal to the Privy Council.